CHATSWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
The Chatsworth International Horse Trials are amongst the most prestigious in the country and attract the world's best riders. Horse trials first took place at Chatsworth as far back as the 1950s; in the 1980s Chatsworth hosted an international three-day event, and the idea of running horse trials was re-instated in 1999. The Duchess has owned event horses for many years, including the 1999 Badminton winner Jaybee and the 1999 Chatsworth winner Stanwick Ghost, both ridden by Ian Stark.
The three-part sport of horse trials or eventing is the most demanding and intriguing of all equestrian sport, as it places the emphasis on trust and versatility in the partnership between horse and rider, who have to show obedience and grace in the dressage phase, courage and athleticism across country and accuracy in show jumping. Apart from the horse trials themselves, there are pony club events, displays, children's entertainment and full catering and bar facilities making for a splendid day out for all the family.
Horse Trials. © The Chatsworth House Trust
CHATSWORTH COUNTRY FAIR
The Country Fair is one of England's most spectacular annual outdoor events, held in Chatsworth Park, and it attracts large crowds from all over the country. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone. Many of England's heritage of Country Sports and pastimes are on show including Armed service displays, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials.
An exciting Grand Ring programme takes place over the weekend, with displays ranging from a vintage car parade to the hot air balloon races and terrier racing. A sporting clay pigeon shoot takes place on both days and the bouncy castle and old time fairground are always popular with children. Many of England's heritage of Country Sports and pastimes are on show including Armed service displays, horse shoeing, Ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials.
PLEASE NOTE - that over this weekend, admission to Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard is for Country Fair visitors only. The farmyard & adventure playground is normally closed during this event.
Country Fair. © The Chatsworth House Trust
Every year, Chatsworth hosts spectacular outdoor events, from International Horse Trials to the largest Country Fair in England. From special themed weeks in the farmyard and food events at the farm shop, to behind the scenes days and sewing schools.
For many years an annual Angling Fair has been hosted at Chatsworth, but it has been decided to end this event, and therefore the 2006 Angling Fair was the last of its kind. For further information ring 01246 565300 or visit the Chatsworth Website at: www.chatsworth.org
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2010 - EVENTS IN CHATSWORTH PARK
Chatsworth International Horse
Trials with HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing -
Take place on the 15 & 16 May 2010.
Contact telephone number 01298
Chatsworth Three Day Country Fair - Takes place from 3 to 5 September 2010. For more information: Website
For further information on the above events and to find out what else is available ring - 01246 565300 or visit the Chatsworth Website at:
THE ESTATE VILLAGES
The estate villages of Beeley, Edensor and Pilsley, are without doubt three of the most attractive villages in the Peak National Park. To learn more about the villages and to discover some superb walks through Chatsworth Park, click the links below.
WALKING IN THE PARK
For walking throughout the year, there is a car park at Calton Lees, off the B6012.
THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
Provides a wide range of features with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.
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